Chris Rock Biography: The Honest Truth About The Comic Genius
The Chris Rock biography is a story of a man who went from a tumultuous childhood to the very top of superstardom. The comedian turned the pain of his early life into success as an adult. Chris Rock started acting at the age of 20, but that was after several years as a stand-up comedian. The Chris Rock biography starts off in the southern state of South Carolina.
Chris Rock was born on February 7, 1965 in Andrews, South Carolina to a mother who was a teacher and a father who was a truck driver. When Chris Rock was very young, his family moved to Brooklyn, New York. The move to Brooklyn is the turn that makes the Chris Rock biography the story of a troubled young man. Chris Rock was one of the only black students in his entire school. He grew up the target of racism and ridicule. He supressed his feelings for a while, until he found an outlet in stand-up comedy.
Chris Rock started doing stand-up comedy in his early teens in the New York area. One of the clubs he was working was the Comedy Strip. In 1983, at the age of 18, Eddie Murphy caught Chris Rock's act at the Comedy Strip and took and interest in the young comedian. From that point on, Eddie Murphy plays a major role in the Chris Rock biography. Murphy got Rock small roles in the movies "Beverly Hills Cop II" (1987) and "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka" (1988). The Chris Rock biography takes off on its own from that point.
Throughout his movie career, Chris Rock continued to do stand-up comedy. His small movie roles, and his persistent work as a stand-up, earned him a regular roll on "Saturday Night Live" in 1990. The Chris Rock biography rolls on into the television show "In Living Colour," where he appeared in a few epsiodes before the show was canceled.
Chris Rock had strong ambitions in the entertainment industry, and he felt confined by network television. Chris Rock also had no problems standing up for what he thought was right. In 1993, he was offered a role in the movie adaptation of the show "Sanford and Son." Rock was so offended by the idea of trying to do a movie version of the classic show, that he rallied against the movie's production. Eventually, all activity on the movie was stopped.
Rock's ambitions were made clear when he was the co-producer of the hip comedy "CB4" (1993) and then started producing his own stand-up comedy movies. In 1997, he was the executive producer of "The Chris Rock Show" which lasted until 2000. He would try his hand at television again when he was the executive producer of the hit comedy "Everybody Hates Chris" which ran from 2005-2008.
Rock has been appearing as an actor in full-length motion pictures since 1985 when he had a walk-on role in the movie "Krush Groove" (1985). Since then, he has gone on to appear in such movies as "Dogma" (1999), "Head of State" (2003), "The Longest Yard" (2005) as the voice of Marty the zebra in the animated movie "Madagascar" (2005).
Chris Rock continues to take roles as an actor, director, writer and producer. He is also a political activist and musician. He and his wife Malaak Compton have been married since 1996 and have two children.